NAD 2200 mods and upgrades

By August 14, 2016Audio, upgrades

I have been recapping and modding NAD 2200s for a while now- and wanted to give some details back to the community:

I have selected a number of mods from AK and DIY Audio and others listings, as well as my own tests, and these seem to make the majority of difference:

C215-218- These support the 18v rails that provide the power to the initial VAS stage of the power amplifier broads, and as such larger values provide a greater local reservoir. Replacing the original 2.2uf 50v with 470uf 50v makes quite a difference, “more bass” and better dynamics, I have settled on Nichicon HE (ultra low impedance)
C111-114- I have replaced these with COG Ceramics and have added 47uf 50v in parallel with each of these (across the 18v supply lines to the IC) and this again seemed to provide better dynamics, these are Nichicon PW
I tried Pilots (posted in AK) swapping of C109, C110 to 2.2uf 50v Wima- but ended up going back to Nichicon FG 10uf 50v- which gave more solid square wave response at frequencies below 100Hz
C107,C108- these were 820pf ceramics (circuit states 1000pf film)- so replaced these with WIMA 1000pf 50v film
C203, C204- I tried a few versions (2.2uf Film, 10uf Film- both WIMA, Nichicon KL, Nichicon FG) and finally settled on ELNA SIMLIC II 10uf 50v- for me this kept the detail and was smoothest- also kept the LF square wave tidy.

I replaced the 2043DD IC’s with LM49860- I had tried the OPA2134 (which is an IC I like), but again for me the LM49860 is better suited to the amp-perhaps as it is BJT as is the 2043DD

All the other electrolytic capacitors have been replaced as follows:

Power supply- Nichicon PW same values
Power amp- all PW except c223, C224, C311, C312, C313,C314- all FG and C203,C204- ELNA Simlic II as mentioned
input amp- C109,C110 FG, C115,C116 Nichicon KA
plus the 47uf mentioned above across the 18v supply lines
10000uf 80v with Nichicon or equivalent
the 10000uf 120v are unobtainable, and the 160V versions are both expensive and dont fit- so I have some 10000uf 125v sourced from China- which I plan to try, though part of me is worried they will explode- so as long as the original caps are within spec(which they are at present) I tend to leave them alone.

for me this is the best NAD mod yet- more bass, better dynamics and measures well, though there is some low frequency phase shift and roll off from about 50hz downwards-the LAB inputs less so as expected.

one thought is to bypass the 10k ufs with a film cap (1uf?)- but again I have not tried this as yet.